At least 80 “American terrorists” were killed in Iranian missile strikes on US targets in Iraq, Iranian state television claimed today.
The US has not released information on casualties, if any.
Iranian state media also claimed US military equipment — including choppers — was badly damaged, Reuters reported.
A CBS reporter later said Iran was backing away from the original claim of 80 casualties.
#iranian Press TV now backing away from figure of 80 US military personnel killed in #missile strikes. Saying they’re awaiting ‘clarification’.
US still assessing damage and possible casualties. No statement from them yet.Loading...
— Elizabeth Palmer (@elizapalmer) January 8, 2020
Iran’s missile attacks on US-led forces in Iraq were retaliation for a US drone strike that killed the powerful Iranian military commander Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and have led to a deepening of the crisis in the Middle East.
Iran seems to have kept its word after promising a response to Soleimani’s killing, and has now vowed a “crushing reponse” in the event of retaliation by the US.
As well, Iran’s army renewed a demand for US troops to be withdrawn from the Middle East, state TV reported.
Senior US opposition politicians, including the Speaker of the lower chamber of the legislature, have urged restraint.
US President Donald Trump has said he will make a statement in a few hours.
Inputs from Reuters